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Sussex tied down van Zyl to new deal

18th April 2019, 18:04 by Craig Smithson

South Africa all-rounder Stiaan van Zyl has expressed his delight after penning a new contract extension with Sussex.

The 31-year-old has enjoyed an impressive spell since moving to the County Ground on a three-year deal in 2016 with more than 1,500 first-class runs at an average of over 44, while he also scored 400 runs in 17 one-day and T20 appearances, as well as taking 14 wickets in all formats.

Van Zyl's record stands up well considering that he missed a big chunk of the 2018 campaign because of injury, although he is in good form this term having hit an unbeaten 101 in the victory over Durham last weekend.

On his new deal, the length of which is undisclosed, Van Zyl said: "I've enjoyed every second at the club and with my team-mates. I'm looking forward to many more games with this wonderful club."

Head coach Jason Gillespie added on the club's website: "He's a senior batsman of international quality who contributes significantly with his performances.

"Stiaan sets a great example in his approach to his preparation and how he goes about things out in the middle."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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